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1980s

In January, 1982, the Multnomah Art Center moved into the former Multnomah School (which became “Multnomah Center”). Because much more space was now available, the Little Loom House was phased out entirely and the entire weaving program brought to MAC. A large dance studio and a stage enabled the dance and exercise programs to grow by leaps and bounds. Pottery found a larger kiln and work space. There was room for a formal gallery, and a playground and basketball area outside made the Center more of a park.

Two additional full-time staff were hired in that same year: a Multnomah Center Rental Coordinator and a MAC Dance Coordinator. The Center now existed not only in a community context, but in the context of several other tenants of the Multnomah Center building. A senior center, a (Loaves and Fishes) meals for seniors program, a parent-child co-operative play group, a youth service center and a historical association all shared the building. Thus more avenues of interaction were opened. In addition, the Southwest Neighborhoods Information Office moved in with the Art Center to the new building. Compatible users of extra space available at the Multnomah Center were recruited and encouraged in order to help complement the Art Center. The Portland Country Dance Community, Naslada Balkan Dancers, Oregon Potters Association, and Portland Handweavers Guild are some examples of groups which rented with us on a regular basis. In addition, the Center has been a springboard for other organizations such as Pacific Ballet Theatre, the Ladybug Theatre, Educators for Social Responsibility and Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted. The Friends of Timberline used the Multnomah Center for years as a Portland base for restoration projects for Timberline Lodge.

In 1983, the Multnomah Art Center Association (MACA) was incorporated, formed from the former Multnomah Art Center Citizens Advisory Board. This organization has helped advise, raise funds for, and support the Art Center in many ways.

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